2017 SOCAN Songwriting Prize finalists vie for $10,000

June 15, 2017

SOCAN today announced the finalists for the SOCAN Songwriting Prize, the prestigious competition that celebrates the incredible talent of emerging Canadian songwriters over the past year. The selection of 10 English and 10 French songs showcases artists from many genres. Once again, music fans will determine the winner, and for the first time in the 12-year history of the prize, fans will have the opportunity to vote for a single nominee – Charlotte Cardin – in both English and French categories (though for different songs), beginning on June 15th.

The 10 English songs nominated this year:

  • "Acid Test" – written by Tommy Paxton-Beesley, Thadeus Gardwood, Johnathan Mavrogiannis, Dan Voicu; performed by River Tiber; published by Raise Your Hands Music [Arts & Crafts Music].
  • "Big Boy" – written by Charlotte Cardin; performed by Charlotte Cardin.
  • "DVP" – written by Stefan Babcock, Nestor Chumak, Zachary Mykula, Steve Sladkowski; performed by PUP.
  • "Figures" – written by Jessie Reyez, Bjoran Johan, Tobias Frelin, Blake Carter; performed by Jessie Reyez; published by BMG Rights Management.
  • "Glowed Up" – written by Kevin Celestin, Brandon Anderson; performed by Kaytranada featuring Anderson .Paak; published by Watch and Learn/BMI, PULSE, Casablanca Publishing.
  • "Push + Pull" – written by Thomas D’Arcy, Ian Docherty, Peter Dreimanis, Leah Goldstein, Danny Miles, Josh Warburton; performed by July Talk; published by July Talk Music Inc., GalleryAC Music.
  • "Shithole" – written by Jasmyn Burke, Morgan Waters; performed by Weaves.
  • "We Don’t Know " – written by Jeremy Drury, Jonathan Hembrey, Darryl James, Brian Pickett, David Ritter, Isabel Ritchie, Joanne Setterington; performed by The Strumbellas; published by Domino Music Publishing.
  • "Won’t Live Here " – written by Ashton Simmonds, Jordan Evans, Matthew Burnett, Tommy Paxton-Beesley, Ian Culley, Alexander Ernewein; performed by Daniel Caesar; published by Kobalt Music Publishing & Raise Your Hands Music [Arts & Crafts Music].
  • "Work" – written by Charlotte Day Wilson; performed by Charlotte Day Wilson; published by Raise Your Hands Music [Arts & Crafts Music].

For two weeks, from June 15-29, 2017, SOCAN invites music fans to vote for their favourite song from the nominees, by visiting www.socansongwritingprize.ca, or through Twitter using the hashtag #mySSPvote and identifying the performer's name in the tweet. Fans can vote once daily through each platform for each of the English and French prize competitions.

The winning songs are scheduled to be announced the week of July 10, 2017.

Winners will receive $10,000 in cash, an Epiphone Masterbilt Century Olympic Guitar, a Yamaha PSR-S970 keyboard, and a $500 gift card from Long & McQuade.

“SOCAN supports emerging Canadian songwriters and composers every day, and the SOCAN Songwriting Prize celebrates the incredible and diverse talent of several of our best,” said Michael McCarty, Chief Membership & Business Development Officer at SOCAN. “Each year, the nominees raise the bar, and this year is no different. No matter who wins, I’m confident that all of these potential superstars will continue to grow and flourish in the music community.”

The French and English finalists are determined by respective independent panels of 15 music-industry influencers who nominate two songs that they feel are artistically superior by emerging Canadian songwriters, within the eligibility period (see Rules for complete criteria). All of the nominated songs are then compiled, reviewed and voted on by each panel to determine the final 10 nominees in each category. SOCAN does not have a role in determining nominees or winners.

The are also 10 song finalists for the 2017 Prix de la chanson SOCAN, the Francophone counterpart to the SOCAN Songwriting Prize.

For all of the latest updates, follow the SOCAN Songwriting Prize on social media at @SOCANmusic and on twitter via the #SOCANprize hashtag.